Lacson’s plea junked; arrest warrant stays

THE COURT has once again rejected Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s plea to have the Dacer-Corbito killings investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a December 22 order, the Manila Regional Trial Court – Branch 18 upheld its earlier rulings and reiterated that reinvestigation was unnecessary.

“This court maintains its earlier stance that to order a reinvestigation at this point in time will accomplish nothing but to cause further delay in the disposition of this case,” said the court’s presiding judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina.

The court’s decision means Lacson will be continuously pursued by authorities as the fugitive senator’s warrant of arrest remains in effect.

Lacson, the Police chief during the Estrada administration accused of masterminding the Dacer-Corbito killings, left the country last February, days before a warrant of arrest could be issued against him by the court.

Instead of the DOJ’s reinvestigation of the November 2000 slay of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer, and his driver Emmanuel Corbito, the court said that the “better course of action is to wait for the decision of the appellate court” on Lacson’s petition.

“(D)efinitely a favorable final decision for Senator Lacson in regard to the issues raised therein will render mooot the reinvestigation that the DOJ will conduct in this case,” the court said.

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